Saturday, January 12, 2013 marked the bittersweet conclusion of the 10-day Winterim Professional Intensive. Fourteen students hailing from throughout the United States presented their final works as part of the Vernissage and End of Winterim Intensive Reception. The 2013 participants were as follows:
Tabita Daolio, Brazil (Hampton University Scholarship winner)
Sharlita Green, Tennessee
James Martin, Washington, DC
Michael Zaragoza, New Jersey
Kevin Clark, Nebraska
Jamie Hottovy, Nebraska
Stephen Kivimaki, Massachusetts
Stephen Trudic, Ohio
Christopher Weeks, Ohio
Stephen Shriver, California (SoCal Chapter Winterim Scholarship winner)
Philip Gill, California
Hill Swift, Texas
Genevieve Irwin, New York
Peter Spalding, New York
Each year, the vernissage offers participants the opportunity to showcase their response to the intensive’s main design problem. This year, instructors asked the students to conceptualize a redesign of Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall in honor of the landmark building’s centennial. Currently used as a multipurpose event and commercial space, the hall sits empty and unused for a significant portion of the year. Recognizing a need for a secured waiting area for ticketed passengers, instructors led the group on multiple tours of the space — including explorations of the space’s history, measuring, and sketching — that provided a foundation from which to work.
Throughout the 10 days, courses in traditional drafting, observational drawing, Euclid, wash rendering, proportion, and the Orders all bolstered the students’ approach to the design challenge. The resulting works evidenced a mastery of both form and function and were a testament to the long hours spent in the studio — a total of 93, to be exact.
At Saturday night’s closing event, students presented their analytiques to a panel of distinguished jurors — renowned architects Peter Pennoyer and Mark Ferguson and Margaret Kittinger, Director of Interior Design and Partner at Beyer Blinder Belle. These exceptional critics provided insightful commentary that further illuminated the utility of an intensive approach to hand rendering.
Though compelling designs were presented by all, three students were recognized for exceptional responses to the design challenge: 1st Place — Kevin Clark of Nebraska, 2nd Place — Hill Swift of Texas, and 3rd Place — Peter Spalding of the Beaux-Arts Atelier in New York City.
Subsequent to the reception, students celebrated with a gathering at the Campbell Apartment in Grand Central Terminal, co-sponsored by Marvin Clawson of Clawson Architects. Formerly the private office and salon of 1920’s tycoon John W. Campbell, there could have been no more appropriate setting for a final tribute to 10 days of work well done.